UPDATE: Sunday 7AM 326 members - Monday 7AM 970 members - Monday 5PM 1257 members
Since the announcement Friday of proposed layoffs in the police and fire departments and the closing of 1 or 2 fire stations, a lot of dissatisfaction is emerging from the community.
“Save our Bossier City Police and Firefighters” is a Facebook Group that was set up after the announcement. As of 7AM Sunday it already has 326 members. If you are on Facebook and would like to show support, go join the group. The link is below.
The City Council is faced with very difficult choices – the fate of the city is in their hands.
In the video below, an obviously distraught Councilman David Jones says that the challenge is to see that there is no reduction in services. The problem is that if you cut 40 positions in the police department, 40 positions in the fire department, and close 1 or 2 fire stations, there will be a reduction in services. There is no way around it.
There is a choice; go ahead and use reserve funds to pay for another year, just don’t ignore the problem and wish it away as has been done in recent years.
If the council will address the problem, hold some public forums and get input from the people of Bossier City, I believe they will discover that the people do not want to lose their protection and will step up and do what is necessary to preserve it.
Save our Bossier City Police and Firefighters Facebook Group